Are you looking to correct your underbite, but do not want to go through the process of wearing braces? Invisalign is a great alternative that works just as well as traditional braces and can not be seen by others.

 

Burk & Beckstrom are the #1 Invisalign doctors in Southern Utah, so we can help you get the best possible orthodontic care in the area. We put together this short guide, that way you can be informed on how to correct your underbite.

 

What’s an Underbite?

An underbite is when your lower front teeth sit in front of your upper teeth when your mouth is closed naturally. This often means that your jaw is pushed too far forward, which may cause problems with chewing and speaking or other problems to your oral health.

 

How Does Invisalign Help an Underbite?

Invisalign works in much the same way that braces do. The clear aligners put constant pressure on your teeth to move them slowly over time. They work to push your lower teeth back while moving your upper teeth forward at the same time.

 

Depending on the severity of your underbite, you might require surgery before you get the aligners to wear. This is because underbites are often caused by jaw misalignment. Our team of orthodontists are skilled in using Invisalign to correct bites, so you can have the utmost confidence in us.

 

Invisalign treatments are often shorter than traditional braces treatment. You can expect it to take three to four months to fix small overbites. More serious underbites can be adjusted in a year with Invisalign. Plus, when it comes to Invisalign, you have the benefit of still being able to eat whatever you want. You can not do that with braces.

 

How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

Invisalign requires state of the art technology to create customized aligners for you. You will wear each set of aligners for a week and replace them with a new set. This adjusts your teeth into the proper position over time.

 

You will need to leave them on as much as possible. That includes any time when you are not eating or brushing your teeth. If you wear the aligners as you should, then you can expect your treatment time to go by quickly. Not wearing them enough can cause the process to take longer.

 

The aligners are designed to fit in your mouth perfectly, with enough room to take them out easily. No one can tell that you are wearing them, making Invisalign a popular choice with adults.

 

Conclusion

If you want to fix your underbite, then our orthodontic team at Burk & Beckstrom can help you. We have many years of experience in working with these aligners, so we are certain that we can correct your bite easily.

 

If you want to learn more about how Invisalign can be helpful to you, then be sure to contact us today. The treatment is more effective the earlier that you start, meaning that you will get better results the sooner you get in touch with our practice.

Our team at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics wants to help you be prepared this Halloween- do you know what candy is and isn’t safe to eat with braces? Certain kinds of candy can make your orthodontic treatment take much longer than it would normally. This is, of course, something that you would want to avoid. We want your treatment to be as painless as possible.

 

You can still eat candy this Halloween while keeping your teeth healthy- this is the candy that is safe for braces.

 

What to Look Out For

Certain candies can cause a lot of harm to your braces and your teeth, which can slow down your treatment time. Hard candy, chewy candy, caramel, nuts, taffy, jelly beans, gum, Tootsie Rolls, and sour candy are some of the types that can cause problems. Small, round candy, like Skittles or M&M’s, can cause your wires to slip or even remove some of your brackets.

 

It is better to avoid candy like Starbursts since they contain a lot of acids. The acid can wear down your teeth’s enamel, meaning that they are less protected from cavities and tooth decay.

 

Candy You Can Eat With Braces

There are types of candy that you can eat with braces. Dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, or anything with a sugar substitute is alright. They are not as damaging to your teeth as chewy and sticky candy. Specialists from the American Association of Orthodontics have recommended that you eat soft candy or snacks that can melt in your mouth.

 

The AAO has stated that the following candy is alright for your braces and your teeth:

  • Snow Caps
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Three Musketeers
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Kit Kats
  • Apple cider
  • Soft cookies or crackers
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Ice cream
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Soft chocolates

 

What Else to Remember

You will want to stay away from hard and sticky candy this year- if you want to avoid broken braces. We recommend that you brush and floss your teeth after eating any sweets. Be sure to take care of your teeth and oral health and you should be fine! If you do happen to have something bad happen to your braces, you can contact us.

 

It helps if you rinse your mouth with water after eating candy. The sugars in candy react with the natural bacteria in your mouth to produce more acid and wear down your teeth’s enamel. If you rinse, you are washing away some of the harmful acids so that you do not have to worry about your teeth being damaged.

 

Conclusion

Not all candy is off-limits, you can eat some softer candies- so do not feel like you need to give up all treats this year.

 

Be sure to call our team at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics if you need any help with your braces or have any questions about what candies you can eat this Halloween. We would love to hear from you and assist you with anything that you need.

Did you know that over four million individuals wear braces in America? With so many cases, you may be considering wearing braces to treat dental imperfections. Maintaining oral health and hygiene is crucial as it affects not only your appearance but also your ability to chew.

Having problems biting is also known as a malocclusion that occurs due to crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth. Generally, dental health problems are the result of:

  • Bad Habits: sucking thumb, biting nails, and breathing from the mouth can badly affect your teeth.
  • Problematic Baby Teeth: losing them too early or late can result in misaligned teeth
  • Injury: serious accidents can knock off your teeth, causing them to shift from their original position
  • Genetics: you can even inherit teeth alignment and jaw size from your parents

Who Needs Braces?

Dental health problems that can be treated through braces include:

  • Crowded teeth: It comprises of turns, overlapped, and crooked teeth that can affect your bite. Usually, your genes play a predominant role in crowded teeth, but it can also be a result of thumb sucking and nail-biting
  • Gaps: when there is too much space in between your teeth because of your genetic predisposition
  • Crossbite: when the top row of teeth doesn’t align with the bottom jaw
  • Open bite: when the top and bottom front teeth do not touch each other and put pressure on the one at the back (this also causes chewing difficulty as individuals to find it hard to bite properly)
  • Overjet: when the upper teeth stick out farther from the lower ones. Typically, it happens due to consistent thumb sucking
  • All-gums: when the upper jaw is large, or the upper lip is too thin; it exposes too much of gum tissues

How Can Braces Help You?

Straightening your teeth improves your oral health, boosts your confidence, and gives you a healthy smile. Meanwhile, several other reasons to treat your dental health problems are:

Tooth Decay:

Crowded teeth or ones with gaps are more prone to cavities and gum diseases as they are harder to clean. Moreover, food particles and plaque gets trapped, leading to tooth decay and propagation of bacterial infection. Over time, you can lose your teeth that require costly dental treatments.

Inability to Chew Properly:

Misaligned teeth can hinder basic functions such as biting and chewing. It also wears off the teeth enamel and puts excess pressure on the jawbones. Thus, it increases the likelihood of gum diseases and jaw problems.

Reduces Muscle Tension and Neck Pain

Excessive stress on the bones while chewing increases muscle tension and sore joints. It also leads to constant headaches and pain in the neck.

Mitigate the Risk of Chipped or Broken Teeth

Stuck out or crowded teeth are more at a greater risk of chipping and cracks. Mending broken teeth can lead to expensive orthodontic surgeries and treatment.

On the downside, traditional braces can raise your chances of developing gum diseases as it increases the likelihood of plaque buildup.  Therefore, it is imperative to learn proper cleaning and maintenance of your teeth from a periodontist.

Making decisions for your growing child is no easy task. After all, you’re always stuck between yes and no. Suffice to say; you scramble to find the middle ground. Be it a simple thing like your kid wants extra sweets at night or something big like wanting to join sports, your children’s health is your number one priority.

 

So what if your child decides to join the sports team? You’re probably looking for ways to ensure he doesn’t get hurt while on the field. That’s where mouthguards come in the picture! Don’t know what those are? Don’t worry; we’ve got a whole guide prepared for you!

 

What Is A Mouthguard?

Before we talk about why your athletic kid needs this, let’s first ensure we know what mouthguards are.

 

Mouthguards are coverings worn over your teeth to keep them safe from injury, especially during sports. These come in three different types:

1. Stock Mouth Protectors

Inexpensive, performed, and ready to wear. If you asked what stock mouth protectors were, in short, that’s all you need to know. These can be bought at almost any sports or department store.

 

The downside? These are kind of hard to adjust and somewhat bulky, making it difficult for your little athlete to talk properly and maybe even breathe. As dentists, we recommend you keep reading for the other two options!

 

2. Boil And Bite Mouth Protectors 

Finding these, like the first ones, is pretty easy. You can find them at sports shops or drug stores without any problems.

 

As the name suggests, you boil them in water to soften them. After this, you insert them in your child’s mouth, so they mold with the shape of their bite.

 

3. Custom Made Mouth Protectors

The most effective and safest option this involves taking your child’s mouth impressions that are sent off to a lab for custom creation.

 

Although more expensive, these are crafted to fit your kid’s mouth perfectly and are super comfortable.

 

Why Does My Child Need It?

So, you ask, I understand what mouthguards are but does my child really need them? Yes! A hundred times, yes! And here’s exactly why!

 

Children love nothing more than doing dangerous stuff that gives your parenting instincts a little scare. When it comes to playing sports like football, hockey or even recreational activities like skateboarding, your child needs a mouth guard to protect their soft tissues, tongue, and lips to reduce the risks of chipping or breaking their teeth,

 

Want to make sure your kid is safe while he plays his favorite sport? Then it’s to get your hands on some high-quality mouth guards.

 

Where Can I Find Them?

Now that you know the importance of a mouthguard, you find yourself in a sticky situation; how do I find these?

 

Well, that’s nothing to worry about! Here at Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we craft top-notch quality mouthguards to protect your child from harm’s way. Your comfort is our number one priority! That’s why we’ve got an amazing sale going for you.

 

For just $99, you can get four custom-fit mouthguards with the logo of your choice! So, what are you still scrolling here for? It’s time to get your hands on one, or four, of our first-rate quality mouthguards!

Whenever you have braces, you often hear that you need to take better care of your oral hygiene. Why is that? The short answer to this question is that braces provide more nooks and crannies for food and germs to hide under. As a result, your teeth can get yellow around your braces, and you can develop hard-to-reach cavities or gingivitis.

Why More Oral Care Is Needed During Orthodontic Treatment

If you have braces, you know that there are many brackets and wires in your mouth. These brackets and wires provide many nooks and crannies that food, plaque, and germs can hide out in. As a result, your teeth have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum problems.

In order to prevent tooth decay and gum problems, you need to take special care of your teeth while wearing braces. This includes eating tooth-friendly foods and practicing good oral hygiene habits.

In other words, you need to take more care of your oral health when you have braces. If you don’t, you can easily get permanent tooth damage, enamel damage, gingivitis, or other negative long-term effects.

Eat Tooth-Friendly Foods

One of the best ways to take care of your teeth while having braces is to have a tooth-friendly diet. Tooth-friendly foods include healthy fruits and vegetables that have low acid and sugar. It is best to avoid sugary and starchy foods such as fruit juices, energy drinks, and candy.

Whenever you eat, make sure to drink a lot of water and brush your teeth after. Doing so will wash away any leftover food and acids, which will help to prevent things like cavities, enamel damage, and gingivitis.

Practice Good Habits for Your Braces

In addition to eating tooth-friendly foods, you also need to practice good oral hygiene habits. These habits will help to keep both your braces and teeth clean and safe from leftover food and damage.

Firstly, make sure to avoid hard foods that can damage braces. You do not want to bite into sticky or hard food that breaks your braces and damages your teeth. Foods like nuts, caramels, and chewing gum should be avoided.

Additionally, stop habits such as nail-biting or pencil chewing. These habits can also damage your braces, which can then damage your teeth.

Thirdly, take special care of your teeth at home. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day using toothpaste with fluoride and a soft toothbrush. Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle in small circular motions. You should aim to spend around 10 seconds on each tooth.

Make sure to spend special attention to the area surrounding your braces. You do not want your teeth to stain around the brackets because the stain will remain once the brackets are removed. So, position the toothbrush so that the areas directly around the brackets are cleaned.

 

To find out more about oral hygiene with your braces, contact Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics for a free consultation.

Your smile. It’s one of the most common things we take for granted as adults. We were all taught just how to take care of our smiles when we were children. And those habits have stuck with us for decades.

 

According to the most recent estimate from the American Association of Orthodontists, adults over the age of 18 male up one in three of all orthodontist visits in North America. And the need to make a good first impression has never been more critical than in 2020. But adult orthodontic care is about more than just properly brushing and flossing your teeth each day. It’s not just about cosmetic appearances. It’s about the health and strength of your teeth.

 

As we get older, our teeth are subject to a much greater amount of stress and wear than we had as children. The potential for gum decay, impacted or chipped teeth, bruising and overcrowding becomes significantly more pronounced over the age of 18. The result isn’t just an unsightly smile. It can mean a painful smile; one that can turn even everyday tasks like chewing properly into a burden.

 

But adult orthodontic care doesn’t necessarily mean expensive and tedious dental visits. And it can help turn your smile from an embarrassment into confidence.  Here are some of the more common orthodontic issues facing many adults.

 

Shifting Teeth

 

It’s no secret that our bodies change as we grow older. Metabolism can decrease and youthful resilience and buoyancy can lead to sluggishness and inertia quicker than we think. But what you may not know is that our teeth can change just as rapidly as our bodies., with a once-perfect smile now transformed into crooked and shifting teeth. It’s not unheard of for many adults to wear retainers. But unfortunately, the vast majority of them need to be changed every few years to accommodate further displacement.

Tooth Crowding and Tooth Loss

 

Most Americans over a particular age are aware that bone density loss can present a dramatic problem. Few, however, are aware that bone density loss in the jaw is one of the more common forms and tends to be even more common in individuals who have been previously diagnosed with osteoporosis. Density loss leads to a mismatched jawbone, often resulting in overcrowding of the bottom teeth and tooth loss in many cases.

Malocclusion

 

Malocclusion is a jaw disorder that occurs due to a misalignment of the upper and lower jaws, resulting in excessive tooth grinding, painful sinus headaches and flashes of sharp pain in the joints of your jaw. It’s common for many patients suffering from malocclusion to have severe difficulty chewing and digesting food, which can lead to dramatic shifts in both their metabolism as well as their immune systems.

How Adult Orthodontic Treatment Can Help

 

Adult orthodontic treatment isn’t merely for cosmetic reasons. And it doesn’t take the place of regular dental checkups. Orthodontic treatment for adults is a corrective treatment that can reverse serious oral health problems which could otherwise result in displacement, decay, and outright loss.

 

While the average orthodontic visit is somewhat lengthier for adults than children, state of the art technologies like Invisalign® and other forms of clear braces don’t just result in a great smile. They can actually help keep your teeth and gums in perfect condition, combating disease, and common jaw disorders which can from the natural effects of age.

 

But adult orthodontic care gives back more than just oral care. It gives you back your confidence. It gives you back your vitality. And while no treatment will ever be a fountain of youth, adult orthodontic treatment gives the world back something even more valuable. Your smile.

 

With four separate locations throughout southern Utah and Nevada, Burke & Beckstrom are simply a smile and a call away. Find out more about adult orthodontic treatments at Burke & Beckstrom Orthodontics.

Empty Dentist Chair

Believe it or not, there is a consistent belief that if you are seeing an orthodontist for treatment, such as braces, it shouldn’t be necessary to see a dentist as well. After all, both are doctors that are working on your teeth, so why should you see both? However, while orthodontists and dentists work in the same area of the body, they are entirely different specialties. If anything, having braces means that it is even more important to maintain all elements of your oral health routine, including dental visits.

 

What Is the Role of a Dentist?

 

A good analogy for the role of a dentist in your life is that of your primary care provider in your life. You see your PCP for a regular checkup. Many issues they can treat on their own and you don’t see anyone else and can go about your life. Sometimes, you’ll need to see a specialist, like an ear-nose-throat doctor or any number of specialties. Just because you start seeing a specialist, it doesn’t mean that you should stop seeing your primary care provider. If anything, keeping your regular doctor apprised of any medical issues or treatments from your specialist is a prudent tactic. This is exactly how the relationship between you, your dentist, and your orthodontist should be during treatment.

 

Why Is Seeing Your Dentist So Important?

 

Braces do a lot of good for you during the treatment period, fixing alignment problems and alleviating a host of potential oral health issues. However, like any treatment in medicine, there are side effects. One of the side effects of braces is that it can make your teeth more susceptible to plaque and tartar build-up. While this can be addressed by the rest of your normal oral health routine, getting professional dental cleanings is the only way to remove this buildup from your teeth. You should pay more attention and perhaps even schedule more frequent dental cleanings during your orthodontic treatment just to stay on top of these issues. As a result, many orthodontists recommend that you see a dentist for cleanings more frequently during braces – as much as two to four times per year during the treatment.

 

Maintaining your dental health during an orthodontist treatment is vital. This means continuing diligence with your at-home care routine, including teeth brushing and flossing. In addition, that may mean extra visits with your dentist. Your dentist and orthodontist can help you chart out a treatment plan that ensures you are at your maximum oral health throughout your orthodontics treatment.

 

Contact us today to learn more and gain the smile you want!

Crooked Teeth

If there is one thing those of us in the orthodontics world are known for, it’s braces and the fact that they are used to treat cases of crooked teeth (among other things) in our patients. However, one of the more commonly asked questions we get is, why do some people get crooked teeth, to begin with? After all, if you take a look around, most people don’t have the picture-perfect smile we all imagine without some orthodontics help. There are a variety of factors that can cause people to have some kind of crooked teeth.

 

Sometimes You Are Just Born with Them

 

It can be hard to escape your genetics sometimes, and crooked teeth can certainly be one of those genetic factors you can’t avoid. In fact, it is the most common cause of crooked teeth, meaning that there is little to nothing most people can do to prevent crooked teeth. These genes can manifest in a number of ways. For instance, crowded teeth can be caused by smaller mouths, certainly a genetic trait that can cause misaligned jaws or crooked teeth.

 

There Are Some Bad Habits That Cause Crooked Teeth

 

While most people have absolutely no control over their teeth, there are some bad habits that can actually cause this problem. Perhaps the most common is prolonged thumb sucking. While this can be cute in infants for a while, at some point, it actually causes enough of a ripple effect down the line to lead to the development of crooked teeth, which is why some parents struggle to break this habit before it’s too late. The other behavioral traits that can cause this are often subconscious, and they include mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, or reverse swallowing. All of these can contribute to crooked teeth.

 

Baby Teeth Actually Do Matter

 

There is often a joke about whether or not taking care of your baby teeth really matters because you are just going to lose them anyway. However, the health of your baby teeth is directly linked to the health of your adult teeth. If you lose baby teeth prematurely due to decay, it causes the timing of your adult teeth to be off, which can greatly contribute to crooked teeth. In addition, the harmful bacteria that caused the baby tooth to decay can already impact the enamel of the adult tooth before it has even fully emerged.

 

Of course, the good news is that crooked teeth are eminently treatable in the hands of practiced and skilled orthodontists. We can perform treatments at all ages, although the sooner we start, the lower the costs and shorter the treatment times tend to be. However, many people, even the ones with picture-perfect smiles now, had to deal with crooked teeth. We’ll be happy to help you overcome this condition with our professional orthodontics treatments. Contact us now to learn more.

Child Receiving Orthodontic treatment at Burke + Beckstrom Office

It is very important for your child to receive orthodontic treatment for any issues they have at a young age. You may be aware that it is recommended your child receive their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven, and that recommendation is for a good reason, based on the developing structure of your child’s mouth.

 

Once you have taken your child in for an evaluation and are hit with the news that there are orthodontic concerns, you may be tempted to put off treatment for a number of reasons, but early treatment is best, and it is key for good orthodontic results and quicker treatment duration.

 

 

“Early detection for problems will help to shorten the treatment time when it is implemented. Orthodontists can detect early issues with jaw growth, early problems with teeth as they are growing in, and can detect problems that may benefit from early treatment.”–What Age Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation?

 

Why is it important to begin treatment early?

Early orthodontic treatment, also called “interceptive” treatment, is usually performed when some baby teeth are still present. Around age seven, there are enough of the permanent teeth in place for a good evaluation and treatment plan to be developed.

 

The purpose of early treatment is to intervene before the procedures have to be more intrusive and corrective. Your orthodontist can help to alleviate any issues before they become harder to fix.

 

When your child is younger, their jaw structure is still growing and developing, and is easier to manipulate into the correct form. You can prevent problems with greater ease at this age and avoid a more difficult corrective treatment plan as your child gets older. Some orthodontic treatment measures are simply more effective when done at a younger age.

 

Your child’s treatment may include:

 

  • A fixed or removable “appliance” which can move teeth, guide jaw position, and hold teeth in place to get the desired changes to occur.
  • Some baby teeth may be removed to allow for more space where needed for the ingrowing adult teeth to come in properly.

 

The key to getting your child’s orthodontic needs met and giving them the best opportunity for a healthy, radiant smile is to get their orthodontic treatment underway as soon after age seven as possible. Sometimes no treatment is required, but this is best determined with a thorough orthodontic evaluation. The orthodontist can determine treatment but also when that treatment should be implemented for the best outcomes for your child.

 

We are here to answer any questions you may have about your child’s orthodontic care. We look forward to serving you! Contact us with any questions and set up your child’s first orthodontic appointment!

It’s no secret that some people can be scared or intimidated by the thought of their first visit to an orthodontist. Already, people have nerves about dentists, and orthodontists conjure up similar emotions. We happen to feel that knowledge is a powerful tool in combating these fears and anxieties, so that’s why we wanted to break down exactly what you can expect at your first visit so you can rest your mind and be prepared for the experience.

A Commitment to Positivity and Professionalism

First off, before we dig into the nuts and bolts of what happens in the first visit, we want to establish one thing. We strive exceptionally hard to provide you with unequaled professionalism. However, our commitment to the right attitude doesn’t stop there. We aim to give you encouragement, motivation, positive feelings (we dare you to not smile for your whole visit!). Most importantly, we focus on you and your needs throughout the entire visit.

The Goals of the First Visit

We don’t go into a first visit with an assumption of orthodontics care being necessary. The goal of the consultation is to examine if orthodontics is the right choice for you right now. We do this with a variety of diagnostic tools, primarily a panoramic x-ray (the machine actually spins around your head!) and a complete set of photos, both of you and your natural smile and detailed photos of all your teeth. These diagnostic tools allow us to get the full picture of your bite, smile, and jaw, including things not obvious to the naked eye and allow us to present you with all of the information so that we can determine, together, if orthodontics treatment is the right choice at the moment.

Know All Your Options

One of the great things about orthodontics is that there is rarely ever one course of treatment. Generally, you have a variety of options with various pros and cons, depending on your precise situation. We are dedicated to taking you through all of your options from treatment and financial perspective. When you make the decision as to the course of treatment you’ll take, we want you to feel good, knowing you got all of the information you needed and can accurately budget, with no surprises.

Ask as Many Questions as You Want

Especially as you are going through the options for treatment, you may have questions. That’s great! We will be happy to answer as many questions as you have to throw at us. Again, the more you know, the more comfortable you will feel.

 

Hopefully, this demystifies the first visit to the orthodontist and sets your mind at ease. Contact us today and gain that confident smile.